How do you remove the upper agitator to replace the upper agitator cam ,dogs and bearing?
Answer Hello Bill. Here are the steps to replacing the agitator, cam, dogs ,and bearings. Pry the agitator cap off by inserting a screwdriver into the cap’s notch
Pull the inner cap (if present) off – most Whirlpool machines use this inner cap, with a handle, to gain access to the center bolt
Remove the bolt in the center of the agitator
(Earlier models used a 7/16" hex-head steel bolt)
(Recent models use a 1/2" square drive plastic nut – use a 3/8" X 1/2" ratchet adapter)
On older models, grasp the bottom portion of the agitator and pull the entire ass’y off.(Recent models allow just the top portion’s removal to access these ‘dogs’)
Older models – place the agitator on the floor, and, standing carefully on the bottom portion, pull the top half off. Turn it over, and the dogs will be accessible for replacement.
Newer model dogs can be replaced once the ratchet ass’y is removed. There are several versions currently in use, but most can be replaced without removing the bottom agitator half.
On older versions, be careful to align the two tabs when inserting the upper ass’y back onto the agitator bottom half. When these are aligned, they will friction-fit the two halves together, making it easier to reinstall the ass’y. Handle it only by the bottom half to prevent pulling the top half off when reinstalling. Hope this helps..
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How do I get the inner cap off without breaking it?
Answer Hello John. The inner cap W10074580 pulls out of the center of the agitator to remove it. You may need to use pliers to grip the tabs on the top and pull it out of the agitator.